10 March 2021: Steve Field, Petersfield Salvation Army

Don’t worry – relax!

As I write this article, I am having one of those weeks where there seems to be so much going on and I feel overwhelmed and wonder how I am going to get through it. So many things have culminated into one week – a significant family funeral, substantial milestone meetings at work for the projects that I am involved in, preparing for important zoom meetings being held in the evenings due to the various activities that I get involved in and also assisting one of my family with a house move – just a few things that I am trying to grapple with as I journey through this week.

Most of the time I am grateful that I have so many things to think about and do, but there are times when I wish I was just that little bit less busy. During lockdown, I have been grateful for those times when I have been able to be less busy than usual, and be able to take time to think and contemplate on life. People who know me know I am not great at being still, but even I have enjoyed those moments of relative stillness, of not having to think too much and just be – being able to be in the moment.

In Matthew, chapter 6 verses 25 and 26, we are reminded not to worry about things in our life “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? It reminds us that God our heavenly Father is there, looking out for us, so we needn’t be worried about what is ahead of us, whether it is the amount of activity, when lockdown will end, or where our next meal is going to come from – if we put our trust in God, we have no reason to be worried.